The South Dakota Department of Agriculture is announcing the availability of training for South Dakota livestock producers who want to become certified to use M-44 cyanide capsules to protect livestock from coyotes.
Specialized training, conducted in conjunction with personnel from the Wyoming Department of Agriculture and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, is intended to provide the necessary background information to allow potential applicators to become certified and licensed, in the effective and safe use of the M-44 device.
The training will consist of basic information on the M-44 device, information on sodium cyanide, first aid, handling and storage of the sodium cyanide capsules, state and federal record keeping requirements and how to properly place and set the device.
Briefly, the M-44 system consists of a spring loaded device, that when the top is pulled by a predator, the trigger is released, thereby ejecting the cyanide powder into the predator's mouth.
The training is scheduled to be held Tuesday, Feb. 13, at the Ramkota Inn, Rapid City. Training is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Persons wishing to attend should contact the Department of Agriculture, at 1-800-228-5254, to get on the attendance list.